ABOUT US

AUSTRALIA’S INTIMATE WRITERS’ FESTIVAL

St Albans Writers’ Festival is a Australian literary festival celebrating writers, books and writing of all styles, genres and forms, based in the small and picturesque village of St Albans. The landscape of the Hawkesbury with its diverse population of farmers, artists, writers, tree-changers and weekenders provides a unique and stimulating setting to meet writers, discuss books and debate ideas. This intimate festival – places are limited to about 350 – happens over two days and two evenings, starting on Friday 16th September 2016 with drinks and nibbles at the Festival Centre.

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WHO WE ARE

COMMITTEE

The St Albans Writers’ Festival is an incorporated organisation run by volunteers who love St Albans and spend as much time there as they can.

MYRA FOX

Myra is a dynamo who has run her own company in IT and now works in accounting, as well as developing an organic farm including Fox and Hound Homestays in St Albans. She has been a prime mover in creating the Valley Exchange Group set up as a social and practical hub for valley residents to engage in local activities that meet their day-to-day needs. She played a key role in organising the St Albans Book Feast in 2013 which led to the creation of the St Albans Writers’ Festival.

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JONATHAN NOLAN

Jonathan is a polymath graphic designer, one-time theatre set and costume designer and design manager who moved to Australia in 1996 where he became head of image and design for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is now joint director at Coast Design in Bondi Beach and has lectured in Design Management at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW). An excellent cook, a greedy reader, an art lover who has also exhibited work at Sculpture by the Sea, Jonathan has a passion for books and writing (…and model-making! He built the models on this website). Patrick Curda (Jonathan’s business partner) was integral to the development of the festival identity and website.

CATHERINE DU PELOUX MENAGÉ

Catherine’s background is in teaching, training, educational publishing and translation from French (her native language) into English. She has lived and worked in the UK, France, Africa and Australia. She has also developed a practice as a perfume consultant, scent stylist, speaker, writer and blogger on perfume and the sense of smell (Scent of Choice), as well as creating and running the Sydney Perfume Lovers MeetUp group. An omnivorous reader, she devours everything from genre fiction to philosophy and her idea of hell is a place with no books.

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The extended committee making us an incorporated organisation includes Kaye Remington, Siobhan Mahoney, Debbie Ingham and Tony Simpson.

BOOKSELLERS SINCE 1812

BERKELOUW BOOKS

Our Festival Centre bookshop is run by the wonderful folk from Berkelouw Books who jumped on board eagerly and agreed to support the newest Writers’ Festival in Australia. We’re really grateful. They have sent their staff to man the shop, help out at book signings, and stay in the village for the weekend, which we believe is services to bookselling above and beyond the call of duty! So please make them feel welcome and stock up your bookshelves for the coming year. You can pre-order books here.

THANK YOU!

PARTNERS, SPONSORS AND FABULOUS PEOPLE!

A not-for-profit event like this relies on the generosity and sponsorship of great companies and individuals. We would like to acknowledge local accommodation providers, groups and people that have provided real support with rooms for writers, venues for our events and cash to get it all going.

Sponsors
Macdonald Valley Association
Accommodation Sponsors
Catherine du Peloux Menagé & John Vallance
Ashley Boshier
Myra Fox
Pierre Stokx
Jonathan Nolan & Stephen Brown
Kaye Remington & John McInnes
Richard Funston & Kiong Lee
Ruth & Jamie Green
Kate & Peter Hughes
Gai Shannon
Nola Webb
Claire & Tom Williams
Kaye & Michael Lutzen
Individual Sponsors
Patrick Curda
Myra Fox
Debbie Ingham
Roz Marsh & Ian Richardson
Siobhan Mahoney & Richard Eke
Sherri McMahon & Ingrid Cullen
Jonathan Nolan & Stephen Brown
Catherine du Peloux Menagé & John Vallance
Kaye Remington & John McInnes
Richard De Abreu Lourenco & Jason Abbott
Vera Zaccari & David Rawlinson
Ruth & Jamie Green
Suzie Cummins
Tony Simpson
David Swan
Official partners and providers
Macdonald Valley Sport and Recreation Association
Yengo Produce
David Swan
Suzie Startin
ST ALBANS

We would also like to acknowledge the overwhelming support and encouragement we have had from the St Albans community in getting this not-for-profit event up and running.

Festival tickets are limited to 350 places so bookings are essential.